Sh*t Not To Do Right Before the Beat Drops

Now I wouldn’t consider myself an EDM (Electronic Dance Music) fanatic but I’ve seen my fair share of world renowned DJs tear it up in a club in Miami or Atlantic City. When it comes to an EDM concert, there are a lot of interesting characters, outfits, and life choices. However, at the Made in America festival I was shocked by the truly poor decision making that these characters made.

If you’ve ever been to an EDM show you know that the crowd goes absolutely wild when the DJ “makes the beat drop”. You can feel that moment coming. It’s palpable in the crowd and the song. It is in that moment that I found fellow concert goers do some truly stupid stuff. This stuff was often dangerous (see # 2 and 3) and annoying (see # 1 and 4).

1. Take A Group Selfie

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I love that you love your friends but when you part the crowd like Moses at the Red Sea just as the crowd is about to go wild, you’re kind of cramping everyone else’s style. You pushed us back and away from the stage so you could stick or arm (or Go-Pro Stick) out and we aren’t amused. Also, please don’t roll your eyes when no one wants to take your group pic for you when the beat is about to drop. I don’t know about the rest of you but I go to concerts for the music, not for the instagram/snapchat moments.

2. Light a bowl

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This should be a no brainer, but unfortunately it’s not. Smoke weed. Whatever. When everyone is standing millimeters away from each other, the last thing you should be doing is lighting a flame. Go find a tree to sit under.

3. Get on someone’s shoulders

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My issue with this one is not what you may think. I frankly don’t care if I can see the stage. Like I said before, I’m there for the music. However, there should be some strategy employed before your drunk @$$ jumps on your drunk boyfriend’s shoulders. Don’t do it when the beat is about to drop. You’re just asking to fall backwards, to the side, or forward when the crowd unsettles your *ahem* base. Whatever the direction you end up falling, there is someone trying to rage. Wait for a calmer moment to steady yourself.

4. Try to leave

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The crowds are tight. There really is no good time to leave without squeezing through people. However, it is much easier to do so when the crowd is merely head bopping rather than jumping with arms flailing in every directions. You’re just asking to get whacked in the head, elbowed, or have your toes stepped on. The epitome of annoying? The human chain. You know who you are. Linking arms with 25 of your closest friends to escape the crowds doesn’t make things any easier. In fact, you’d probably get out a lot faster if you just grouped into pairs. Pick a meeting spot and stop wrapping the crowd up in your tangle of friends.

Phew. Rant complete. I got a whole other afternoon of debauchery in store just a few hours away. Until then: soaking my feet, eating lots of carbs, and enjoying the air conditioning.

-B

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Bon Weekend

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What a day today has been: 4 mile morning run, dog park with Beau, and Han Dynasty with my boyfriend and his dad (p.s. my mouth is still on fire). I have to admit I’m quite nervous for the Broad Street Run. It’s my first run… like ever. I have good group of girlfriend I’m running with and trust me I’ll be thinking about post-race brunch the whole time #pancakesplease. Having a banging playlist helps too (more on that tomorrow).

Speaking of brunch, I’m going to High Street on Market tomorrow (le finally) after picking up my BSR bib at the expo. I’m finally catching up with my roommate from a leadership conference way back in high school. She went to USC (in LA) for college and is now working back in the area. Look out for some serious food instagram-ing. I’m also hoping to stop by some of the outdoor excitement this weekend. Between the Rittenhouse Row Festival (Saturday — super looking forward to some snacks from V Street, upcoming baby sister to Vedge), South Street Festival (Saturday), and the opening of the Headhouse Square Farmer’s Market (Sunday), I have a lot to choose from!

Here’s what else is on my mind:

+  Be still my beating heart….J.Crew is launching a new line called J.Crew Mercantile. It’s supposed to be a more affordable line but somehow different from the factory store. Hearing the words “J.Crew” and “affordable” in the same sentence makes this young professional a very, VERY happy lady.

+  One of my favorite blogs, A House in the Hills, had a feature in Refinery29 on the best spring and summer recipes. OH.MY.GOD. Cabbage wraps, Mexican-inspired street corn, roasted potato and paprika chickpea salad, asparagus & corn cakes, roasted sweet potato and red onion salad, kale and blood orange salad, millet and broccolini salad. Tell me they all don’t sound amazing. Best part? All vegan! Also, I’m seeing a lot of recipes with millet. Is this a new thing? Afro-Vegan had a few recipes (including a smoothie!) which called for millet. Don’t tell me it’s the new quinoa because I’m not changing my blog name (again).

+  This NPR article made me LOL. “When A Yoga Teacher Ticks You Off, Is It Rude To Walk Out?” If that isn’t the biggest first world problem, I don’t know what is. Seriously, unless the instructor is a racist, misogynistic pig or abusive, suck it up and don’t go back. I’d definitely complain to the front desk if the behavior is bad enough to keep you from coming the studio. However, if it’s just the teaching style you don’t like, take a lesson from yoga and don’t sweat the small stuff.

+  I finished law school last week but I’ve saving my celebrations for after the bar exam in August. I would love to go crazy and go one a once in a life time vacation, but that’s just not financially possible right now. A friend mentioned possibly doing a yoga retreat and honestly that sounds wonderful. I could not imagine anything more relaxing following the stress of the bar exam. I came across this retreat in upstate New York and I think I have to go. Yoga + vegetarian cooking lessons + beautiful grounds = SIGN THIS GIRL UP! Has anyone gone on a yoga retreat before?

-B

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Around Town: 4/14 – 4/20

ImageFarm Fest at the Oval

Three-day festival in a new public space near the art museum featuring Victory Brewing, food trucks, leaders from the Philadelphia sustainability movement, and live performances. For a detailed schedule go here

When: April 17-19

Where: Eakins Oval

 Plant & Produce Pop-Up

Don’t have plans for Easter Sunday? Head over to Sister Cities Park and shop for fresh produce and plants from Greensgrow farms. Forget an Easter egg hunt, kids can also learn planting techniques! All proceeds support local farms. 

When: Sunday, April 20 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where: Sister Cities Park [18th and Ben Franklin Parkway]

Cost: Pay-As-You-Go

Passover Dinners

Tonight starts the Jewish Holiday of Passover. If you’re like me and will be observing the holiday, eating matzoh pizza at home gets old REAL fast. uwishunu created a roundup of Passover-friendly dinners around the city. My beloved Zahav, is my top pick out of the bunch. 

When: April 14-April 22

Cost: Varies

Around Town 4/7- 4/13

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I love love love Philadelphia. I am always looking for new (and ideally FREE) things to do around the city. I’ll be sharing my top pick weekly with a focus on fitness, food, festivals, and a smattering of the arts.

So without further ado… here are my top picks for this week!

Phillies Home Opener

Need I say more? The game got bumped from today because of the rain so tune in tomorrow. I’ll be going to my first game Thursday night and can’t wait to cheer on my favorite Philadelphia team! 

When: First pitch is tomorrow at 4:05!

Where: CBP of course!

Tree Philly

If you’re lucky enough to have a little green space in Philly, you can spruce it up (bad pun I know) by getting a FREE tree this weekend! The giveaway, organized by Philadelphia Parks and Recreation with the help of Wells Fargo and the Fairmount Park Conservancy, is a part of a larger initiative to plant 1 million new trees in the region. Pretty awesome. For more info check out www.treephilly.org

Where:

  • Saturday, April 12th, 10 a.m.-noon, Columbus Square Playground (1200 Wharton Street)
  • Saturday, April 12th, 10 a.m. to noon, Bartram’s Garden (54th and Lindbergh Boulevard)
  • Saturday, April 12th, noon -2 p.m., Hunting Park Recreation Center (900 Hunting Park Avenue)
  • Sunday, April 13th, noon – 2 p.m., Gorgas Park (6300 Ridge Avenue)

Down Past Passyunk

A tragic comedy set in South Philadelphia abounding in cheese steaks, language barriers, and addressing the difficult question of what it means to be “American.”  I’m intrigued. For more info. check out: www.interacttheatre.org

When: April 4-27
Where: The Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom Street
Cost: $15 (students) – $36

Yoga on the Pier

The ever popular yoga on Race Street Pier is back and with a huge expansion of classes! I never went last year (shameful) but I’m going to try it out ASAP… maybe even this weekend. Any takers? Want more info? Join the Facebook group.

When: Saturday and Sunday at 9:30; Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 7 a.m.;  and Thursdays at 6 p.m.
Where: Race Street Pier (Columbus Blvd. and Race St.) // Rain Location: Level 1 Fitness (110 N. 2nd St.)
Instructor: Dhyana Yoga’s Malik Wilson and others

Yoga on the Banks

Want a change of scenery from Race Street Pier? Head to the Schuylkill River park and get your chaturanga on. *Classes are free, but donations will be accepted. For more info. join the Facebook group.

When: Saturdays at 11 a.m. First class is Saturday, April 5th.
Where: By the Schuylkill River at 25th and Locust.
Instructor: Molly O’Neill, Dhyana Yoga and Sweat Fitness.

Philly Farm and Food Fest

At the 3rd annual festival there will be over 100 farms, food artisans, and sustainable products.  Best of all you can  enjoy small batch ice cream, locally roasted coffee, handmade biscotti, sourdough breads, and more. Gluten-free treats, grass-fed meats, artisan cheeses, jams, jellies, and sauces and more will be available to purchase. Proceeds benefit Fair Food and PASA (Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture) whose work supports local farms and food. For more information go to www.phillyfarmfest.org

When: Sunday April 13 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: PA Convention Center, Annex Hall G

Cost: $20 in advance, $25 at the door

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